Serenader Show and Ukulele Lesson at Grand Wailea

The Hawaiian Serenaders entertained at the Grand Wailea on October 12 for a corporate incentive event

“Thank you for your music” and “You are a good teacher” were some of the comments received after our 2-hour gig including a group ukulele lesson from 5 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 12 at the Grand Wailea.

The Hawaiian Serenaders, comprised of my husband Rich on u-bass and myself on ‘ukulele and vocals, entertained 125 people attending their corporate incentive event opening reception. Originally planned to be outside on the Chapel Lawn, the event was moved last minute to the paved covered area outside the ballrooms because of the threat of rain. We were so thankful for this change in venue. We setup our Bose PA system and debut matching headsets which eliminated the need for mics, mic chords, and mic stands.

We were hired because the client found our webpage and forwarded a request to the event planner who then contacted us. They liked our flexibility of providing entertainment and group ukulele lessons if requested. We rented instruments from Mele Ukulele Store in the nearby Shops at Wailea for the group lesson. Since the client did not want to do a pre-signup for lessons, we had no idea how many people would be interested. We were happy when 10 people suddenly appeared and wanted a lesson. In fact, we stayed 30-minutes past our contract time to provide the ukulele lesson. No problem.

Here is the mix of music we performed during the entertainment portion of the program:

  1. Kupa Landing
  2. Hanalei Moon
  3. Medley: Tiny Bubbles/Pearly Shells
  4. Hula o Makee
  5. Lahainaluna
  6. On The Beach at Waikiki
  7. Ka Ulu Wehi O Ke Kai
  8. Medley: Maui Waltz/Pua Lilia
  9. Under the Boardwalk/Palm Tree
  10. Papalina Lahilahi
  11. Lahaina
  12. Lovely Hula Hands
  13. Ulupalakua
  14. Fly Me To The Moon
  15. Girl From Ipanema
  16. Puamana
  17. In A Little Hula Heaven

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele


Mele Fong is a professional singer, song arranger, and master of multiple strumming styles for the 'ukulele. She is an experienced educator with over 50+ years experience playing the 'ukulele and entertaining worldwide. Mele performs with her husband in the duo "The Hawaiian Serenaders" and leads student groups. In 1996, the duo represented the State of Hawai'i in concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Mele and her husband Richard Tom were both born and raised on Oahu and now reside in Maui.